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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have signed Aston Villa midfield player Isaiah Osbourne on a half-season loan from Aston Villa.

He could go straight into the side for Tuesday’s League One match at Peterborough.

The 23-year-old becomes Alan Irvine’s fifth signing in the January transfer window, which shuts at 11pm on Monday.

Osbourne, born in Birmingham, has had previous loan spells with Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest.

He has made seven Premier League starts for Villa and made 12 outings as a sub in the top flight.

The Owls have been drawn away to Birmingham in the fifth round of the FA Cup, to be played on the weekend of February 19-20, after their 4-1 win against Hereford in the fourth round.

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